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2/19/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your prayers, support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Evan is a freshman at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ("ERAU") in Daytona Beach, FL. Anyone who knows Evan well will know that it's been his dream to be a pilot since he was little. He was excited to be starting his dream ... and James and I have been thrilled that he's getting trained for a job he will LOVE.
A few weeks ago, right before we arrived for Family Weekend at ERAU, Evan twisted his back lifting weights on campus. After we left, it continued to feel worse until he finally went to the ER, where they took a CT scan, diagnosed a pinched nerve, and sent him back to campus. He was unable to put any weight on his legs and spent a week in his dorm room, in bed, with his friends bringing him food since he couldn't get to classes or the dining hall. Finally, on 2/17, ERAU Health Services sent him to a different ER, this time at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. Evan was admitted to the hospital after the doctors there determined he had extensive blood clots in both his legs.
Saturday afternoon (2/18) the doctors put catheters in both of Evan's legs and administered tPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) to break up the clots. He's been moved to the Cardiovascular ICU for close monitoring overnight. And that is where our story starts ...